Arsenal prepared to go for Barcelona ace Villa

Arsenal are exploring the prospect of signing Barcelona striker David Villa.

The Daily Mail says Arsene Wenger and his backroom team have discussed a January swoop for Villa, a forward the Gunners boss has admired for several years.

The Gunners would rather take the 31-year-old on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal depending on how he takes to the Premier League.

But if the price is right, Arsenal would stretch to a long term deal in January.

Sources in Spain indicate Barca could let Villa leave should he indicate a preference to depart given his lack of first-team football.

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